Mumbai: All the long-awaited common entrance tests (CETs) for professional courses of Maharashtra, including engineering, pharmacy, management, agriculture, architecture, law and teacher training courses, will likely be held between October 1 to 15, state higher and technical education minister Uday Samant said on Wednesday (September 2).
Speaking to media persons, the minister said that the MHT-CET 2020, the state’s common entrance exam for undergraduate engineering, pharmacy and agriculture programmes, is planned to be held between October 1 and 9, followed by the other tests. However, the government is yet to decide the admission mode for these tests, which were conducted online at designated exam centres last year.
“Today, I had a discussion with the in-charge of CETs, minister of state Prajakt Tanpure and additional chief secretary Rajiv Jalota regarding entrance tests. These exams will also be held from the first week of October. The final dates will be announced tomorrow (September 3),” said Samant. “We will decide the mode of examination in two to three days once the modalities of the final year college exams are finalised,” he added.
Aspirants of professional courses in the state were anxiously awaiting for the schedule of entrance tests, which were put on hold by the government in the wake of the pandemic and the lockdown across the state. A CET Cell official told MahaScholar.com that they had requested the government to start these exams at the end of September but they were told to wait until the Supreme Court’s (SC) verdict on final year college exams as well as Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), the national level entrance tests for engineering-pharmacy and health science courses respectively. “We had sent a letter to the state higher and technical education department a couple of weeks ago with the proposed schedule, but the department asked us to wait for the outcome of these cases,” he said.
Maharashtra had made all the college examinations non-mandatory and decided to grant degrees to final year college students without examinations. However, UGC, the apex higher education regulator, directed the universities across the country to conduct final year examinations by September. After matter reached SC, it ruled that the states can’t promote final year students without examinations, while allowing them to seek postponement of the exams. Earlier, the court had also refused to postpone JEE, which is being held between September 1 and 6, and NEET, which is slated for September 13.